The deadline for the Outstanding RCI Affiliated Chapter Awards Program application is imminent. By January 15, a PDF of the application and necessary attachments from each submitting chapter must be received by RCI via e-mail to Catherine Moon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Last year, only nine of the then 24 RCI Affiliated Chapters submitted complete applications in recognition of their work during 2016. However, we know all of our chapters are busy supporting members at the local level throughout the year and should be recognized. That is one of the reasons why the RCI Chapter Development Committee initiated the awards program in 2004.
The chapter awards program not only provides chapters with recognition at the annual convention and publicity in RCI Interface, it serves as a road map for annual operations and governmental requirements, an archival record of chapter activity and individuals filling leadership roles, and it aids chapter leaders during their annual transition meeting by providing documentation on the chapter’s goals, objectives, and achievements. A couple of years ago, the Chapter Development Committee revamped the awards program application to further support its purpose by incorporating accountability measures and accommodating user needs with an electronic format.